No backup plan for KanCare

The state has no backup plan in case the federal government rejects or partially rejects or delays KanCare – even though its plan to convert Medicaid to a privately managed program is set to start on Jan. 1. State officials expect a decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services any day now, and they remain confident that KanCare will be approved. “I think it’s moving along very famously,” said Robert Moser, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. But the Kansas Health Institute News Service noted that if federal officials based their decision on the public comments posted on the CMS website and those made during an hour-long conference call last week, KanCare would be rejected or at least postponed. “Response in those venues has been overwhelmingly critical of the plan or its implementation,” it reported.